Ducati’s Francesco Bagnaia

MotoGP News: Bagnaia leads Ducati -1-2-3 in Barcelona

The Gran Premi Monster Energy de Catalunya delivered in style after an impressive ride from Francesco Bagnaia to take an impressive win after crashing out of the Sprint on Saturday. The #1 showed why he is number one after risking everything to pull off a spectacular move at turn 5.

Francesco Bagnaia
Francesco Bagnaia

Bagnaia made the pass for the lead to defeat Jorge Martin, who showed sensational pace early on in the Catalan GP. However, Bagnaia soon began to rein in the 2023 runner up, creating a great show for fans around the world. Joining Bagnaia and Martin on the podium after starting from 14th on the grid with a soft rear tire was Marc Marquez (Gresini Racing MotoGP), who celebrated with the fans in the packed grandstands as the #93 pulled off yet another podium comeback from P14 on the grid.

As the lights went out it was Francesco Bagnaia (Ducati Lenovo Team), who took the holeshot from the word go, leading the way from Pedro Acosta (Red Bull GASGAS Tech3) on the opening lap with positions changing at every corner. Bagnaia was pushing hard on the first lap in an early attempt to stretch the field, with Jorge Martin (Prima Pramac Racing) soon slotting into third.

Acosta soon launched his first attack on lap three at turn 10, running wide and handing Bagnaia the lead once again. However, the turn 10 action did not stop there as one lap later Martin would show what he learned, pulling off an overtake on Acosta at turn 10 – the #89 was in second. One lap later in after a near identical pass Martin took the race lead and made the move stick at turn 10 once again.

Acosta was next to pass the #1, sending the crowd to their feet in delight and soon began to set all of his sights on Martin in the lead. The #31 pushed to the limit before it all came to a heartbreaking end after Acosta lost the front on lap 11 and dropped down to 20th after rejoining. Acosta was not the only rider to crash at turn 10 with Jack Miller (Red Bull KTM Factory Racing), crashing out earlier on in the race. While, Agusto Fernandez would add to Red Bull GASGAS Tech3’s despair after also crashing out of the race.

This mistake from Acosta promoted Bagnaia into second position, with tension around the circuit building as a battle began to look imminent. Bagnaia was closing the gap down to the #89, as Bagnaia’s teammate Enea Bastianini (Ducati Lenovo Team) was handed a long lap due to a shortcut at turn 1 and turn 2. Things would later go from bad to worse for Bastianini after he was handed a double long lap for not complying with the original penalty.

The gap at the front slowly began to come down as we hit the mid-way point of the Catalan Grand Prix. The gap reduced every lap before a crucial move at turn 5 for Bagnaia to steal the race lead on lap 19. While Bagnaia began to put the hammer down, all eyes turned to the battle for the final spot on the podium between Marc Marquez and Aleix Espargaro (Aprilia Racing). The #93 soon launched a move at turn 1 on lap 21, to take away Espargaro’s chance to complete a perfect farewell at home.

On the final lap, it was Bagnaia who put together a flawless lap to cross the line and take victory in Barcelona by almost two seconds after a fantastic ride. Martin was second after a strong race with Marc Marquez able to clinch yet another podium after starting from 14th on the grid.

Behind the podium battle was home hero Aleix Espargaro (Aprilia Racing), who missed out on a dream farewell by 0.052s at the line after an emotional weekend for the #41. Fabio Di Giannantonio (Pertamina Enduro VR46 Racing Team) rounded out the top five positions in Barcelona to finish ahead of Raul Fernandez (Trackhouse Racing), who had a brilliant weekend and finished in sixth place – earning Trackhouse their best finish yet. It is also the Trackhouse Racing team’s best weekend ever in terms of points.

Alex Marquez (Gresini Racing MotoGP) crossed the line to finish in seventh – less than one second behind Fernandez. The #73 showed strong pace to finish ahead of the remaining Red Bull KTM Factory Racing machine of Brad Binder in eighth. Fabio Quartararo (Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP™) took ninth, finishing as the only Yamaha inside of the points with teammate Alex Rins in 20th. Miguel Oliveira (Trackhouse Racing) took the final spot inside the top 10 to round off a great weekend for the American team.

Barcelona MotoGP Race Results

Pos Rider Nat Team Behind
1 Francesco Bagnaia ITA Ducati Lenovo (GP24) +0.000s
2 Jorge Martin SPA Pramac Ducati (GP24) +1.740s
3 Marc Marquez SPA Gresini Ducati (GP23) +10.491s
4 Aleix Espargaro SPA Aprilia Racing (RS-GP24) +10.543s
5 Fabio Di Giannantonio ITA VR46 Ducati (GP23) +15.441s
6 Raul Fernandez SPA Trackhouse Aprilia (RS-GP23) +15.916s
7 Alex Marquez SPA Gresini Ducati (GP23) +16.882s
8 Brad Binder RSA Red Bull KTM (RC16) +18.578s
9 Fabio Quartararo FRA Monster Yamaha (YZR-M1) +20.477s
10 Miguel Oliveira POR Trackhouse Aprilia (RS-GP24) +20.889s
11 Marco Bezzecchi ITA VR46 Ducati (GP23) +21.023s
12 Maverick Viñales SPA Aprilia Racing (RS-GP24) +22.137s
13 Pedro Acosta SPA Red Bull GASGAS Tech3 (RC16)* +31.967s
14 Takaaki Nakagami JPN LCR Honda (RC213V) +32.987s
15 Joan Mir SPA Repsol Honda (RC213V) +33.132s
16 Johann Zarco FRA LCR Honda (RC213V) +34.554s
17 Luca Marini ITA Repsol Honda (RC213V) +36.689s
18 Enea Bastianini ITA Ducati Lenovo (GP24) +50.615s
19 Stefan Bradl GER HRC Test Team (RC213V) +55.295s
20 Alex Rins SPA Monster Yamaha (YZR-M1) +63.428s
Franco Morbidelli ITA Pramac Ducati (GP24) DNF
Augusto Fernandez SPA Red Bull GASGAS Tech3 (RC16) DNF
Jack Miller AUS Red Bull KTM (RC16) DNF
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